2019 NRL – Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs vs Wests Tigers Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs vs Wests Tigers taking place? Saturday 10th August, 10:35

Where is Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs vs Wests Tigers taking place? ANZ Stadium

What channel is Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs vs Wests Tigers on?
UK – This match will not be televised live in the UK
Australia – Fox Sports

Where can I stream Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs vs Wests Tigers?
UK – N/A
Australia – https://www.telstra.com.au/tv-movies-music/sports-offer

Where can I get tickets for Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs vs Wests Tigers?
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs – https://tickets.nrl.com/team/500010

Wests Tigers – https://tickets.nrl.com/team/500023

THE TEAM NEWS

CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS

Head Coach: Dean Pay

Starting 13: Watene-Zelezniak, Meaney, Holland, Hopoate, R. Smith, Cogger, Lewis, Tolman, Lichaa, Napa, Jackson, Harawira-Naera, C. Smith – Interchanges: Marshall-King, Toomaga, Fualalo, Faitala-Mariner – Reserves: Kalache, Wakeham, Okunbor, Ogden

Unavailable: Kieran Foran, Sauaso Sue, Marcelo Montoya, Adam Elliott

  • Canterbury were able to pick up a deserved win as they defeated Penrith last week to end Round 20 with a four-point gap over Gold Coast at the foot of the NRL ladder and will believe they can now kick-on.

  • The Bulldogs looked good with Lachlan Lewis in the halves once again and he will be key to his side's chances as he looks to build a strong partnership with Jack Cogger as Kieran Foran continues to sit out.

  • One change has been made to last week’s winning side with Adam Elliott out of the side with a finger injury so Chris Smith will start at lock and Raymond Faitala-Mariner has been given a chance from the bench.

WESTS TIGERS

Head Coach: Michael Maguire

Starting 13: Thompson, Momirovski, Mbye, Marsters, Nofoaluma, Marshall, Brooks, Mikaele, Farah, Clark, Garner, Chee-Kam, Matterson – Interchanges: Eisenhuth, Twal, Lawrence, Taylor – Reserves: Liddle, Talau, Reynolds, McQueen

Unavailable: Mahe Fonua, Ben Matulino, Josh Aloiai

  • Wests Tigers made it back-to-back wins as they earned a spot in the top 8 to end Round 20 but will be under big pressure to retain that position come the end of Round 21 with several teams attempting to overhaul them.

  • The Tigers were set to name an unchanged side following last week’s win but have suffered a blow during the week with Josh Aloiai dropping out after he picked up a hand injury in training.

  • Thomas Mikaele looks set to start in his place and Elijah Taylor is named on the bench as he makes his return to the side following a knock although his place is not secure and he could be replaced before kick-off.

THE PREDICTION

Canterbury did a good job of seeing off Penrith last week as their performances continue to take a turn for the better. They face a tough test against play-off hopefuls Wests Tigers and although the result could go either way, the Bulldogs could keep it tight and just get themselves in front at the hooter. They have played with freedom in the last couple of weeks and it has told with their performances and whilst Wests have won their last two, the Bulldogs can spring another surprise.

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